History pulses through Lemko Hall, a turreted brick building in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood. Over the past century, it has served as a saloon, a ballroom, and a movie set where stars Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken filmed a scene for The Deer Hunter in 1978. Nowadays, one of the space's tenants, Studio 11, channels an even older legacy: the yoga tradition of ancient India.
The studio's seasoned teachers impart moving meditations that have been passed down from generation to generation via careful instruction and epic games of telephone. Classical Hatha poses help yogis of all levels cultivate strength and flexibility as they learn to center their minds and control their breath. Students steep their minds in yoga's meditative qualities during flowing, breath-focused Vinyasa routines or explore the practice’s athletic side during Ashtanga sessions teeming with dynamic poses and vigorous thumb-wrestling bouts. Those seeking a more private yoga experience can engage in a Thai massage, in which a trained practitioner guides the body through assisted poses and stretches.
Yoga-inspired Pilates sessions revolve around centuries-old isometrics that promote balance and help chisel the core. Students seeking a full immersion in yogic history can enroll in studio-sponsored trips to India, which pair yoga classes with sunset meditations and spiritual discourses.
Alyssa Lee Wilmot once envisioned a place where people could come and express themselves through movement; she brought that place to life when she opened The Movement Factory. Wilmot strives to find classes that combine fitness with movement arts, which explains her fitness-class schedule that's replete with dance-inspired Zumba, yoga, hip-hop, and barre sessions. All sessions at The Movement Factory welcome students aged 18 and older of all experience levels.
Clare Gales has two loves—dance and fitness. The devoted dancer and expert trainer opened Studio 82 in 1986, where she combined her two passions by hosting both fitness and dance classes on the studio's expansive hardwood floors. Today, Clare and her staff of professional dancers and fitness professionals continue to lead students of all ages in more than 100 different classes that range from ballet to cardio kickboxing.
An abundance of internationally renowned dancers and top instructors have passed through the studio's doors over the course of its 26 years, guiding youngsters and adults alike through the footwork and form of styles such as ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. Certified fitness instructors conduct a variety of energetic classes, interspersing a schedule of high-intensity cardio classes with strength-training workouts and rejuvenating yoga and Pilates sessions. The studio's diverse range of classes attracts an equally diverse group of clients that includes aspiring dancers, fitness seekers, and future brides preparing for the wedding dance or bulking up for the ceremonial arm-wrestling match against the groom’s mother.
Atma Center's classes reflect the techniques of Satyananda yoga, a combination of classic yoga traditions adroitly adapted to accommodate the needs of modern and futuristic persons, no matter their age or fitness level. It is also a teacher-training program, so you can be sure Atma's highly trained instructors have accumulated many a hour of individualized in-class wisdom and successfully squeezed through the awfully tight yoga-instructor rites of passage (pass-throughable by only the nimblest and most compassionate of bodies).
Mat maven Colette Barry's signature Barry Method of instruction draws from her years of kinesthetic expertise, combining the lengthening sequences of yoga with the strengthening exercises of Pilates. A robust schedule grants Colette and her staff of instructors ample opportunities to guide students through the muscle-reforming routine throughout the week. Precise movements and isometric conditioning target restricting back and shoulder pains by realigning wayward postures while forging a mind-body connection that is more focused than a medical laser studying for the MCAT. By enlisting the gravity-subduing technology of Total Trainer apparatuses, Barry Method sessions ensure a physique-toning workout for students regardless of their physical ability or levitation skills.
Inspiral Motion offers mat classes in yoga, Pilates, and GYROKINESIS, with instructors from the top schools in the country. The center's yoga mat classes are rooted in the Vinyasa yoga discipline, a flowing style with asanas, or postures, linked together by verbal cues. Pilates students just starting out are introduced to the fundamentals of breathing, flexibility, and pelvis stability in their quests to become top Pelvis impersonators, while advanced practitioners of the Pilatic arts can discover how to Boomerang, Jackknife, and Shoulder Bridge with the best. In GYROKINESIS, students will stir their senses through a dry-scrubbing body massage, jumpstart the body’s energies through a series of movements, and further invigorate the body with mat exercises.